Advanced Osteopathy Institute was founded in 2013 due to the thirst for knowledge of two osteopaths, Emanuele Botti and Marco Chiantello. As teachers in Italian osteopathic schools, they became aware of the need to study in-depth and investigate the subjects they taught their students.
This understanding led them to travel the world for more than 20 years to discover, find, and sometimes rediscover the origins of the information and knowledge they taught daily.
During this long journey, they had the fortune and the honour of meeting and spending time with internationally recognized osteopaths and other professionals, with whom they shared knowledge, doubts, and the desire to further develop and innovate this profession.
Advanced Osteopathy Institute, the crowning achievement of this journey, is a postgraduate training school that has the ambition to return to the origins of osteopathic philosophy both to rediscover the principles that risk being lost and to boost the profession towards the future through new knowledge, innovation, integration, and research.
Our starting point was a national project that is now rapidly evolving into an international network that boasts the participation and engagement of world-renowned teachers and colleagues from all over the world.
Since its opening, Advanced Osteopathy Institute has designed more than 100 courses in Italy with more than 2000 osteopaths. We have already collaborated with more than 100 lecturers among osteopaths and other scientists, allowing us to expand our profession’s boundaries. We believe it is time to export this unique experience abroad.
Advanced Osteopathy is not just an institute that organises courses; our mission is to foster the acquisition of a specific mindset to position osteopathy and its principles in the medical field, claim its uniqueness and discover its limits.
We want to provide new and advanced knowledge and rediscover and value the knowledge lost along the road. We would also like to inspire new research and encourage integration between osteopathy, conventional medicine, and alternative medicine.
To achieve these objectives, professional training is necessary. The training has to range from the knowledge and detailed study of techniques to basic sciences, from specific approaches to applying our profession in clinical areas. However, more significant than training is research, innovation, and creating a truly global scientific osteopathic community. To this community, that is probably the real ultimate goal we hope to make a meaningful contribution.
At present, we offer a programme of courses with different teaching methods. New technologies, the Covid-19 experience, and studies in the educational field have led us to reconsider all the cornerstones of academic teaching and evolve towards different and diverse approaches according to each path’s specific training needs.
Therefore, we have developed three different teaching and learning approaches that will be employed exclusively or in an integrated manner, based on the course typology.
We consider traditional teaching fundamental in most cases, as it is less efficient to teach manual approaches and palpatory experiences remotely. The teacher’s presence and the chance to discuss and ask questions in the classroom are invaluable experiences. Perhaps the essential part of many training courses is observing the teacher while performing live techniques, presenting approaches, and dealing with them.
Live-streaming online teaching
Some lectures on theoretical topics can be followed from home by students, thus reducing their expenses and the time needed to reach the course location. This type of teaching also allows the lecturer to take advantage of the suitable technical tools for the course, such as cadaver-lab, high-resolution images, or other multimedia devices. Finally, it enables the frequent participation of lecturers from all over the world, facilitating their collaboration in the courses.
Many topics that are not directly related to manual approaches and essential knowledge for the osteopath’s skill development require an introductory theoretical study. This study has to come before an in-depth investigation to level up the group’s skills and knowledge level.
The e-learning method has proved to be the most effective for this kind of knowledge, and we chose it for some courses or lectures. E-learning courses consist of several lessons on a specific topic that can be attended at any time, according to the student’s needs.
Advanced Osteopathy Institute uses these three approaches, employing them individually or blending them based on each training path. We aspire to maximise the learning experience and enrich our training proposal by this teaching method.
Since 2018 Advanced Osteopathy Institute has its teaching venue in Milan in Via Cardinale Mezzofanti 13. It is a place for advanced training in osteopathy and an environment for discussion and integration that stimulates and promotes scientific research.